Currently a research fellow (2015-2017) at the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and an associate professor in the English Department, I joined the faculty of Salem State in the fall of 2008. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and earned my B.A. in Art History from California State University, Long Beach.
I am writing a book about the contentious relationship among aesthetics, forensics and memorialization in artistic production, mainly photography, about post-conflict former Yugoslavia. I am also working on a co-edited collection that focuses on aesthetics and catastrophe in recent women's writing which will be titled Trafficking Memory. My co-edited collection with Adele Parker, Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing, was published in 2013.
Please see my personal website for further information about my research and teaching. http://www.stephenieayoung.com.
Comparative Twentieth Century Literatures
20th c. Latin American Literature
Problems of Memory
Experimental Testimony (especially conflict/post-conflict narratives)
The Forensic Imagination
Chapter: "The Forensic Imagination: Evidence, Art and the Post-Yugoslav Document." Edited Collection by the Wiesenthal Institute, Vienna. (forthcoming winter 2016).
Chapter: "Performative Memory-Making and the Future of the Kestenberg Archive" in Understanding the Kestenberg Child Survivor Testimony Collection: Historical, Linguistic and Psychological Approaches. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Press. (forthcoming winter 2016).
Review: Margarita Saona's Memory Matters in Transitional Peru in Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. Vol. 6: Iss. 11, Article 8. http://digitalcommons.bowdoin.edu/dissidences/vol6/iss11/8/
Review: Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita in Asymptote http://www.asymptotejournal.com/article.php?cat=Criticism&id=83&curr_index=0 (January 2015).
Edited Collection. Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013).
Chapter: "Introduction" and “Transnationalism and a Post-Yugoslav Writer,” in Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. New York: Rodopi Press.(New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013)
Chapter: "Yugonostalgia and the Post-National Narrative." In The New Order of War. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2010).
"Bodies of Evidence: Memory, Forensics and Documentary Literature about Ex-Yugoslavia." After Memory: Conflicting Claims to World War II in Contemporary Eastern European Literatures. Berlin Zentrum für Literatur-und Kulturforschung. November 2015.
"The Forensic Imagination: Photography as a Post-Yugoslav Document." Colloque international: Traces matérielles de la mort de masse: l’objet exhumé. Marseilles, France. November 2015.
Invited Workshop Participant, "Bodies of Evidence: Forensics, Photography, and the Post-Yugoslav Document." Wiesenthal Institute, Vienna, Austria. June 2015.
Invited Participant, "Treacherous Territories: Translating Material Evidence in Post-Conflict Bosnia." Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. April 2015.
"A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII: Forensic Aesthetics and the Transnational Document." American Comparative Literature Association. Seattle, WA. March 2015.
Invited Lecture, "Grave Anxieties: Forensics, Visual Art, and the Urgency for Memory in Post-Conflict Zones." Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Lecture Series. Salem State University. March 2015.
"In the Shadow of Mengele’s Skull: Forensics and Memorialization in Post-Conflict Bosnia." Transnational Holocaust Memory. University of Leeds, England. January 2015.
Travel, cycling, photography, learning new languages